User Support Programme Space Research

User Support Space Research 2017-2019

The NWO Domain Science (ENW) is cooperating with the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) in the programme User Support Space Research. The aim of this programme is to provide support to researchers working in the Netherlands during the (preparation for) use of scientific infrastructure in space for the purpose of high quality research. The programme is open to excellent research in the areas of earth observation and planetary research. Possible research themes for earth observation are geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere and anthroposphere, as well as research in which these areas intersect. The research theme for planetary research is planetary evolution and habitability, focused on our own solar system. A budget of 7.2 M€ is available for the period 2017-2019. Three annual calls will be published.

Who can apply

Funding from the User Support Programma Space Research can be applied for by associate, assistant and full professors or researchers with a comparable position who hold an appointment at a university established in the Kingdom of the Netherlands or a research institute recognised by NWO. The main applicant should have a paid employment contract for at least the duration of the application process and the research for which funding is requested. A maximum of 1 application per researcher per year can be submitted.

What can be applied for

Personnel costs (one position per research project; 1 PhD for 4 years or 1 postdoc for a maximum of 3 years) and additional costs (material and/or travel costs).

When to apply

The closing date for the compulsory pre-proposals was on 7 November 2019, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.

The closing date for the full proposals is 9 January 2020, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.

Submit your proposal

Please submit your proposal using the electronic application system ISAAC. Submit here.


Ms drs. D.S.D. (Daniëlle) Hollman

T +31 88 042 45 44